I was asked by a friend of ours who’s wife not long had her second child if I was feeling broody. I’ve spoken about it before, when we first started this whole thing and yes I was broody – though it has passed now that we’re actually having a child. Though every time I see a cute baby I feel it again and I remember that I am about to have a cute baby of my own.
A hairy baby but a cute one.
His question was more aimed at whether I wanted to have a baby myself, whether I wanted to be pregnant.
I didn’t really want to be a year ago when we started all this – I still don’t want to be. I’m not sure I will ever want to be pregnant. I never really have. A few years ago, well, more than a few years ago my ex-wanted to have kids and while I wasn’t against the idea, in general, I didn’t want to do it. It was about the permanence back then, the fact that we could barely look after ourselves (my mental health was awful), and I was still in college.
Now it’s for different reasons.
I would have to give up my medication.
I’ve actually already started the process of coming off my medication but it’s a long road and I’m not sure I’ll be able to come off the Seroxat entirely. The withdrawals are pretty rough and I don’t know if I really need them or not. The Tegretol was to keep me stable but I’m not unstable anymore, haven’t been for a very long time. I can’t be on these be medication if I want to carry a child, bethend came off her medication when we started to conceive.
If I do come off it and it turns out I have to go back on it, I don’t know what the risk is to a child and I would never forgive myself should anything happen.
So until I am sure that I could give up the medication, and stay off it, I couldn’t risk it – and that could take a few years.
I Don’t Have To Be Pregnant
It’s easy when you’re in a same-sex marriage – one of you gets pregnant, you both have a child. So I don’t actually need to be pregnant to have the child I want, to be a mum.
Sounds simple I suppose but since marrying bethend I’ve always been aware that she would have the first child, she would be pregnant first. She wants to be. I don’t. We still get to be mums.
My Hormones Are Rubbish
Bethend is a lucky individual who’s hormones are wonderful and she does not suffer quite as much as I do every month. My hormones are bonkers – most periods are horrible at best, I’m usually late, some months I’m unable to walk. On occasion, I miss a period entirely. I wear the patch and it gives me a bit more stability but still, it’s pretty crap and the longer I wear the patch the more my body gets used to the help. So, with bethend’s wonderful hormones have meant that most of the pregnancy has been mild, I suspect my body would not react as well. I think pregnancy would be really hard for me – plus I’m overweight and under active. I just don’t think I’m made for pregnancy.
I Might Never Want To
And there’s nothing wrong with that, not everyone wants kids, not everyone who wants kids wants to be pregnant. Not everyone who’s pregnant wants kids either. I’m fortunate. I didn’t know how I would feel once bethend was pregnant and I don’t know how I’ll feel when Snappy was born or when (or if) we plan to have a second. Will I want to have that second? I would say it’s unlikely but you never know. Maybe I’ll change my mind.
I am fortunate – either way, my wife is pregnant with my first child and I am going to be a mum.